Monday, June 2, 2014

A New Monday Mystery...!

Here is one that is new enough to be interesting to some of you.

So often, the mysteries we talk about here are old and mostly forgotten. This is not the case here. The fact that it is fairly recent and still unsolved makes it even more delightful to study!

The Great Mull Plane Mystery

There is very little that makes sense about the disappearance and death of Peter Gibb. On Christmas Eve 1975, just after he’d finished dinner and a bottle of claret in a hotel on the Isle of Mull, the former Royal Air Force flying ace announced he was going out for a flight in his Cessna plane. The staff and hotel guests suggested that it wasn’t such a good idea, to which he responded “I am not asking permission, I just thought it was courtesy to let you know. I don’t want a fuss.”

He left with his dining companion Felicity Granger, a former university lecturer. She later reported that Gibb had given her instructions to stand at one end of the runway with torches to guide his takeoff. Multiple witnesses claim two torches moved independently in ways that would require another person to be helping, though Granger claimed there was only her. Gibb took off, and shortly thereafter, a sleet storm rained down that would last for 72 hours. Gibb didn’t come back.

While his motives were baffling enough, the real mystery began four months later, when Gibb’s body was found on a nearby hillside. A pathologist ruled that he had died of exposure. There was a cut in Gibb’s leg but no other injuries. Tests also concluded that neither his body nor his clothes had been in contact with the sea, so he had definitely exited the plane on land, but no one could find the plane. Mull is not a large island—about the same land area as Dallas—so the disappearance of the craft was quite troubling. A light aircraft matching the description was found in 1986 in the sea between Mull and the mainland, but the doors were locked, and the plane had apparently crashed extremely hard. The wings were a significant distance away from the rest of the fuselage. It suggested the sort of impact that a person wouldn’t get out of without serious injury.

Two explanations have been suggested, neither of which sound likely. The first is that Gibb leaped from his plane while it was in midair above the hill. He landed on the hill without suffering anything worse than a cut leg, then lay down and died in the cold. The problem with that explanation is that the aircraft would have been left to fly itself into the sea while the doors somehow locked themselves. The other theory is that Gibb was working for MI5 and had to attend to an urgent mission in Northern Ireland. He was captured by terrorists, somehow killed without being injured in any way, and his body was planted back on Mull. The light aircraft found in the sea is left out of that theory. Then again, it doesn’t make much less sense than the alternative.

Now this is the type of mystery that just screams for investigation, don't you think? I would think that with all the tools available today, or even back in the 70's, some logical explanation could be made. Still, not having a suitable answer is what makes it a mystery, right?

Today's mystery came from the folks over at Listverse, who always seem to have plenty of them to study!

Better have our coffee inside today. It appears that rain is back in the forecast!


texasann said...

Bubba -
I always like a good mystery, and this is one! Locked doors, no major injuries, 2 lights....Hmmmm. You know what I'm thinking....a little help from ET? Maybe another civilization who just wanted a close-up look at a human? Guess we'll never know, but makes a good mystery. Thanks, and
Bih Hugs ~

linda m said...

I'll go with my usual explanation of Aliens. Good mystery for this rainy Monday. After last nights thunderstorm I'll need an extra cup of coffee; so put another pot on the stove for me.

Mamahen said...

Great mystery! Wish I had a clue what the answer was....but then , as you said it wouldn't be a mystery any more..Kitchen is fine got some fresh glazed donuts i'll share :))

Rob said...

This is an odd story, if they know that much of the 'found' crashed airplane numbers on something ought to be able to tell which airplane it is (there are a lot of serial number tracked items on a plane).

To be honest an experienced pilot who drinks a bottle of wine then takes off after dark 'for a flight' where a person with a flash light is needed to mark the end of the runway sounds like someone who doesn't expect to come back.
An odd story.

edifice rex said...

That sure is an odd story. I agree with the points Rob makes.

JO said...

I think you have something Rob. He may have locked the door before he jumped out, that is if they could be locked without a key. And maybe he just thought he could show everyone what a survivor he was. But didn't count on the storm to drunk to figure that one out. Good mystery I'd say.

Pass the pot please. Going to be a nasty hot one here today 107.

HermitJim said...

Hey Sis...
You know what a sucker I am for mysteries. I like the idea that the little things make it hard to figure out!

Thanks for coming over this morning!

Hey Linda M...
I reckon that's as good an explanation as any for this one!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Mamahen...
I do like those fresh donuts!

These kinds of mysteries make good things to ponder and talk about!

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Rob...
Doesn't sound as though he was expecting to return, does it?

Never know what his mind set was on that day!

Hey, thanks for dropping by this morning!

Hey Anne...
Like I say...nothing like a good mystery to start off the week!

Thanks so much for coming over, my friend!

Hey Jo...
Sounds like Summer is there to stay at your house! 107 is pretty warm, that's for sure!

Thanks, sweetie, for stopping by this morning!